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Roundtable to Focus on African American Women and Breast Cancer

Roundtable to Focus on African American Women and Breast Cancer

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Creighton University Center for Health Policy & Ethics will hold a roundtable discussion on “Breast Cancer and African American Women: Awareness, Advocacy, and Access.”

Shirley H. Brown, J.D., an African American breast cancer survivor and a board member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, will lead the roundtable. The free event will be held 10-11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Center for Health Policy & Ethics, located on the Creighton campus. The public is invited to participate in the roundtable.

Brown was diagnosed with cancer in 1994 at the age of 48. She is a well-known advocate for African American women to become more knowledgeable about breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment as well as to have access to quality health care.

Although the incidence of breast cancer is about 20 percent higher in white women than in African American women, African American women have a higher mortality rate, according to the American Cancer Society.